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(The New York Times) Video Old piano on the street lets off a lot of dust at the end   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2013-03-14 04:22:06 PM  
I feel like that could make an absolutely devastating Pixar short.
 
2013-03-14 04:37:44 PM  
It looks to me like the people that busted it up wanted to salvage parts from it. That sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Though, it was a douche move to toss the leftovers into the yard.

It will live on inside another instrument. You have to admit, it was in shiatty shape to start with.

This is not nearly as "sad" as they attempt to make it seem.
 
2013-03-14 04:44:49 PM  
So the happier ending would have been for the young people to move the really crappy piano to their apartment, only to find out the thing had a cracked soundboard and it was infested with bed bug eggs.
 
2013-03-14 04:55:43 PM  
I'm halfway through.  When does something interesting happen?
 
2013-03-14 05:26:25 PM  
Who goes around touching other peoples stuff? Weird.
 
2013-03-14 05:36:37 PM  

URAPNIS: Who goes around touching other peoples stuff? Weird.


I did. At least before those pesky restraining orders....
 
2013-03-14 05:39:50 PM  

Perlin Noise: It looks to me like the people that busted it up wanted to salvage parts from it. That sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Though, it was a douche move to toss the leftovers into the yard.

It will live on inside another instrument. You have to admit, it was in shiatty shape to start with.

This is not nearly as "sad" as they attempt to make it seem.


Salvaged for parts?

It was broken up for the 5$ in scrap so the winos could split a bottle of thunderbird.
 
2013-03-14 05:45:33 PM  

Lando Lincoln: So the happier ending would have been for the young people to move the really crappy piano to their apartment, only to find out the thing had a cracked soundboard and it was infested with bed bug eggs.


That made me laugh. I can imagine them just getting this inside the door, when the thing busts open and billions of bed bugs come boiling out....on second thought. I'm now going to have nightmares about this.
 
2013-03-14 05:48:44 PM  
img1.fark.net  Unattended item gets destroyed

I'm usually a pretty sentimental guy, but this was just stupid. It's a piano, and not even a particularly nice one. It's not a holy relic.

Is it somehow surprising, or even particularly evil, that an inanimate object that was obviously abandoned gets taken or destroyed?
 
2013-03-14 05:54:01 PM  

Zap_Rowsdower: I'm halfway through.  When does something interesting happen?


When the video is over and you get back to your life. Maybe.
 
2013-03-14 05:54:05 PM  
Meh. I was expecting some stew bum to walk up and play tchaicovsky or something. That was just a slide show. It would have been more interesting if it had audio of the piano itself.
 
2013-03-14 06:09:20 PM  
A short film? Creator failed on short and film. At least it wasn't promoted as interesting.
 
2013-03-14 06:53:23 PM  
I have the sneaky suspicion that the film maker had something to do with the destruction of the piano, or maybe even the couple interested in taking it.
/now go to the super market, i hear there's frequent flyer miles on healthy choice pudding packs.
 
2013-03-14 07:09:21 PM  
You are probably feeling sorry for this piano.  This is because you are crazy.  It is a lamp.  It has no feelings, and the new piano is much better.
 
2013-03-14 07:10:13 PM  

Psychopusher: You are probably feeling sorry for this piano.  This is because you are crazy.  It is a lamp piano.  It has no feelings, and the new piano is much better.


FTFM.
 
2013-03-14 07:36:30 PM  

Psychopusher: Psychopusher: You are probably feeling sorry for this piano.  This is because you are crazy.  It is a lamp piano.  It has no feelings, and the new piano is much better.

FTFM.


I'll have what you're having.
 
2013-03-14 07:41:54 PM  

redsquid: Meh. I was expecting some stew bum to walk up and play tchaicovsky or something. That was just a slide show. It would have been more interesting if it had audio of the piano itself.


Me too.  I turned down the chance to buy a blah upright in pretty, but not fully playable condition for $650.  Bought a digital piano for 1 grand instead. Pissed my wife off terribly, along with her (now former) friend who owned it.

This piano thing was to provide something decent for our kids to practice on.  Plus I expected my sister would eventually give me our mother's Wm Knabe & Co square grand from 1860-something (she did).  I figured if I'm going to have an old piano that needs fixing, it might as well be pretty, really old and interesting too.
 
2013-03-14 07:52:27 PM  

RatOmeter: redsquid: Meh. I was expecting some stew bum to walk up and play tchaicovsky or something. That was just a slide show. It would have been more interesting if it had audio of the piano itself.

Me too.  I turned down the chance to buy a blah upright in pretty, but not fully playable condition for $650.  Bought a digital piano for 1 grand instead. Pissed my wife off terribly, along with her (now former) friend who owned it.

This piano thing was to provide something decent for our kids to practice on.  Plus I expected my sister would eventually give me our mother's Wm Knabe & Co square grand from 1860-something (she did).  I figured if I'm going to have an old piano that needs fixing, it might as well be pretty, really old and interesting too.


The thing about electric pianos is that no one minds helping you move it upstairs. Also they have volume control / headphones jacks which is awesome when you live with other people.
 
2013-03-14 08:39:08 PM  
(6) of us went and picked up a piano our buddy's wife bought for $100. It was fun, I was playing the star spangled banner in the back of the truck driving across town.  (only song I remember). They had bought a condo with a double flighted narrow stairwell entrance. (1) hernia (2) bulging discs and $500 in drywall damage later, we got it in. She was crying, "if I'd have known . . . ".  

Three years later, the sign said, CONDO FOR SALE - comes w/piano

 Land War in Asia?  Pffft, Never, never agree to help someone move a piano. Word.
 
2013-03-14 09:27:30 PM  
I don't get it.
 
2013-03-14 09:33:02 PM  

Psychopusher: You are probably feeling sorry for this piano.  This is because you are crazy.  It is a lamp.  It has no feelings, and the new piano is much better.


but i love lamp.
 
2013-03-14 09:35:28 PM  

RatOmeter: redsquid: Meh. I was expecting some stew bum to walk up and play tchaicovsky or something. That was just a slide show. It would have been more interesting if it had audio of the piano itself.

Me too.  I turned down the chance to buy a blah upright in pretty, but not fully playable condition for $650.  Bought a digital piano for 1 grand instead. Pissed my wife off terribly, along with her (now former) friend who owned it.

This piano thing was to provide something decent for our kids to practice on.  Plus I expected my sister would eventually give me our mother's Wm Knabe & Co square grand from 1860-something (she did).  I figured if I'm going to have an old piano that needs fixing, it might as well be pretty, really old and interesting too.


My wife's old stand-up that used to belong to her grandmother, who'd play and sing family-style with her irish crooner husband is up at a friend's house because our house is "too small" I offered to sacrifice the couch and tv to make room but she's weird like that. But it's actually at a good home and I'm glad for now. The family has two young girls and a few foster kids who all learn how to play it. In a couple years when the bank kicks us out, we won't have to worry about it ending up smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. It's safe and she'll get it back. In the mean time, I wish I could somehow get our kids a piano. And a pool table.
 
2013-03-14 10:15:34 PM  
The opening sequence from Punch Drunk Love called, and wants its shtick back.
 
2013-03-14 10:15:45 PM  
I think the demolishes were just afraid that Michael Buble might get a hold of it and make something dreadful.
 
2013-03-14 11:03:21 PM  
i found it sad... but as usual, scumbags who destroy things so wantonly will usually be defended by the bleeding hearts...
 
2013-03-14 11:05:44 PM  
The piano was just a trojan horse. Young couple gets it home, and BAM! Out pops a heroin addict. I've seen it a million times.
 
2013-03-14 11:33:38 PM  
The sad part of the film is the couple showing up at the end to give it a home, but were too late.

Not bad, glad I watched.
 
2013-03-14 11:45:36 PM  
It isn't a piano, but I rescued some curbside furniture last week. Some old lady had tossed out a vintage Eames Lounge Chair on the curb, ottoman and all. Even in a clump of random parts, I could tell what it was and hit my brakes, tossed everything in the trunk, took it home. All it needed was a new tilter mechanism, and $40 later, I have a $1300 mid century modern classic for my man cave.
 
2013-03-14 11:46:35 PM  
psst... It was Hitler's piano.
 
2013-03-15 12:28:07 AM  

sxacho: RatOmeter: redsquid: Meh. I was expecting some stew bum to walk up and play tchaicovsky or something. That was just a slide show. It would have been more interesting if it had audio of the piano itself.

Me too.  I turned down the chance to buy a blah upright in pretty, but not fully playable condition for $650.  Bought a digital piano for 1 grand instead. Pissed my wife off terribly, along with her (now former) friend who owned it.

This piano thing was to provide something decent for our kids to practice on.  Plus I expected my sister would eventually give me our mother's Wm Knabe & Co square grand from 1860-something (she did).  I figured if I'm going to have an old piano that needs fixing, it might as well be pretty, really old and interesting too.

My wife's old stand-up that used to belong to her grandmother, who'd play and sing family-style with her irish crooner husband is up at a friend's house because our house is "too small" I offered to sacrifice the couch and tv to make room but she's weird like that. But it's actually at a good home and I'm glad for now. The family has two young girls and a few foster kids who all learn how to play it. In a couple years when the bank kicks us out, we won't have to worry about it ending up smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. It's safe and she'll get it back. In the mean time, I wish I could somehow get our kids a piano. And a pool table.


keep your eyes open in the newspaper classified and yard sales ads. sometimes people almost give away pianos, pool tables, furniture sets, boats & pop-up campers because they didn't sell or and the folks have to get rid of them (they're moving, mom going to retirement home)or they are simply unwanted / unused and going to waste.
 
2013-03-15 12:39:03 AM  

Any Pie Left: It isn't a piano, but I rescued some curbside furniture last week. Some old lady had tossed out a vintage Eames Lounge Chair on the curb, ottoman and all.


That's only about a million times cooler than a piano. Well played.
 
2013-03-15 01:07:33 AM  
Any excuse to post this picture:

i182.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-15 03:22:58 AM  
That piano prolly had sharp knees to you all.

Uncultured swines.
 
2013-03-15 05:52:44 AM  
Really? I'm the first to say it?

FAKE!

Couple planning to take it, guys called in to smash it, couple returns and finds it smashed.

Yeah, it's staged.
 
2013-03-15 08:26:19 AM  

Giltric: Perlin Noise: It looks to me like the people that busted it up wanted to salvage parts from it. That sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Though, it was a douche move to toss the leftovers into the yard.

It will live on inside another instrument. You have to admit, it was in shiatty shape to start with.

This is not nearly as "sad" as they attempt to make it seem.

Salvaged for parts?

It was broken up for the 5$ in scrap so the winos could split a bottle of thunderbird.


You may very well be right about that ...there really is no indication either way. I would like to think that it was not salvaged for scrap. And even if it were salvaged for scrap, at least its being used for something.
 
2013-03-16 08:42:29 AM  
It would have been nice if it was video and it also would have been nice if someone had actually come up and played it one last time before busting it up.  And yeah, old broken pianos cost a lot more to restore than they are worth.  I have a 1902 upright in my living room.  A few keys don't work, it's out of register, some of the ivory is missing, etc.  I've had the action out and on my bench a couple of times.  They're tricky to work on especially if you don't know what you are doing and rely on books and the internet to figure it out.  It's gotten better and my kid can still play a pretty good Maple Leaf Rag on it but to actually have it restored would cost more than a grand.  Old piano's can generally be had for free or for the cost of moving them.

/csb?
 
2013-03-16 01:20:13 PM  
plenty of other pianos out there in need of a home.  Call me sentimental, but I hope she found and rescued another one.
 
2013-03-16 07:39:01 PM  
That piano was not in playable condition. If you look at the keyboard, there are sunken keys all over the place.

My mother-in-law that this piece of crap Steinway that my (now ex-)wife and her siblings and played hide-and-seek and leapt off as children. It was a busted up piece of junk but, my ex just *had* to have it.  So, we paid movers (not piano movers, those were too expensive for her) almost 1000 bucks to load this crap heap onto the back of a truck and drive the 300 miles to our house.

It arrived in piece-of-junk condition.  My ex went off on the movers and when I tried to tip them for hauling 1000 pounds of piece-of-junk into our house, she demanded that I not since they'd obviously broken it.

Over the next few months, I checked it over.  The things that the movers broke were things like replacing hammer rods with pine dowels and replacing hammer head felts with green craft store felt.  Broken strings on the soundboard, removing the guts of a player piano.  You know, stuff that movers are known to do.

Anyway, I called a piano repair company.  They came out and gave me a free estimate.  He said that for $13k, he could turn it into a $10k piano.

It looked an awful lot like that piece of junk sitting on a NY city sidewalk that you guys all just watched.

Oh, also, the audio portion of that video was *not* that piece of junk that was left outside.
 
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